Sad that a letter writer found fault with Barney Brantingham for mentioning Pulitzer-winner Rob Kuznia was a “Fired News-Presser.” I think the point was to remind us of the excellent reporters the Santa Barbara News-Press once had. I doubt Barney is bitter, but like the majority of us who remember, he is heartsick about the current state of our once prize-winning daily. Barney wrote for the N-P for 46 years, starting when Pulitzer-winner Thomas Storke was the editor/owner.
To say “Santa Barbara has moved on” doesn’t recognize the fact the circulation of the News-Press is a very small fraction of what it was before the current owner stepped in. It is, in fact, a skeleton of its former self. Maybe new residents who have come in the last 20 years or so don’t know what they are missing, but most of us “true locals” are still upset about what we’ve lost.